Nikon's Takeuchi Discusses D300/D3 Scene Recognition System|
Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 11:40 EDT)
It took three years for Nikon to develop the scene recognition system in its D300 and D3 dSLRs.
What drove the engineering team to pursue this difficult task? Hiroshi Takeuch, the primary force behind the system's development, explains, "The aim of the Scene Recognition System really has been to enable people to take photos they could never take before."
So the company developed a system that goes beyhond 3D color matric metering. "While 3D color matrix metering has vastly improved exposure accuracy with information obtained from the sensor," Takeuch said, "in the Scene Recognition System the recognition of various other elements beyond brightness has been improved to a level close to that of the human brain. The idea with the Scene Recognition System is that complex judgments that photographers make while viewing the subject through the viewfinder, such as 'What is coming into the photo here?' or 'How is the subject moving?,' can now to some extent be left up to the camera."
In a two-page interview posted on the Nikon Imaging site, Takeuch talks about the challenges the team faced during the system's development and the advantages it provides photographers today.